Chateau le Coteau Margaux 2016
Château Le Coteau Margaux 2016. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. The real glory of Margaux is its ability to retain fresh Cabernet Sauvignon purity with just enough flesh on its fine-boned structure so that it can glide serenely across the palate and improve over a decade or two in the cellar, and that’s exactly what we have here. The nose is not stridently fruity but it has plenty enough cassis, mint, and mulberry, oak spice, and earth, to declare itself clearly as Margaux, while the palate is perfectly poised at the full end of medium-bodied (also 13%, like the Clauzet), with delicately assertive tannins, soft mouthfeel, and effortless length. There is an understated “boom!” to this wine, a restrained power and intensity that I love. It’s very composed and yet powerfully driven, which seems to make sense when you meet Eric Léglise the winemaker and owner of Le Coteau and I recommend a quick watch of this 1-minute video to get an idea of his character, which crosses over into the wine, inevitably: https://youtu.be/FtWj1RCcVMA.
Drink now to 2035.